Tate Modern via Motorola

I love the low tech of my Motorola and I’m advising everyone to see the field of sunflower seeds. On a day like today when you need your overcoat and scarf in the turbine hall in order to stay alive it’s very beautiful.

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2 Responses to Tate Modern via Motorola

  1. Geraldine says:

    I went to see this last weekend. It is much bigger (and deeper) than I expected. It is extraordinary to think that all 100 million (I think) sunflower seeds were made and painted by hand, apparently by “hundreds” of Chinese craftworkers. Thousands, I would have thought. I was impressed with the the symbolism and reactions which inspired the work and I think it was a shame that the dreaded Health and Safety people got in the way. The whole point of crushing the sunflower seeds underfoot was an important and symbolic part of the thinking behind the piece.

    That, together with the Diaghalev exhibition at the V&A, the wonderful Lawrence show at the National Portrait Gallery and thousands of cheery Santas all over Trafalgar Square compliments of Santacon, made for a very happy weekend with my son. Let’s hope the airports will be open again by Friday and he can get here for Christmas.

    Apparently the walkway into the Wilson oil-lake at the Saatchi is still closed, I am going to have to find out why before my next visit. Maybe it’s possible to be escorted onto it!

  2. Stephen Foster says:

    For once the H&S intervention is almost an artistic gesture in itself – a comment on working and living conditions here. It’s left the piece aesthetically neat anyway, it would hurt me to see the long line of that rectangle go. Just trampelling it would be one thing but imagine if it got turned to sludge by snow-covered boots, it’d end up like Ready Brek.

    I hope the Wilson oil isn’t a H&S issue, but I bet it is. Good luck with the flights.

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